Online upstream Aberdeen training provider wins 12-month contract with Nigerian oil giant

IT’S A DEAL! Ken Etete from Century Group and Mike Adams from Norwell shake on the training contract.
IT’S A DEAL! Ken Etete from Century Group and Mike Adams from Norwell shake on the training contract.

Norwell EDGE, the Aberdeen-based upstream e-learning provider has secured a contract to provide widescale training to Century Group in Nigeria.

Century Group, with interests in the full value chain of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, has signed a 12-month agreement with Norwell EDGE to access the online platform’s 50-module upstream awareness training programme.

Norwell EDGE has been developed by Norwell Engineering, the international well engineering and drilling project management firm. It is believed to be the first to make such in-depth upstream training available for all and aims to provide an effective way for companies to train large numbers of personnel while also being able to track their training history.

Norwell invested £400,000 and spent five years developing Norwell EDGE after becoming frustrated by a lack of concerted effort by the oil and gas industry to tackle skills and competency gaps.

Signing the agreement at the British embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, Mike Adams, Norwell EDGE Co-founder, said: “This agreement with Century Group marks an important milestone in our journey towards changing the industry’s approach to training.

“Access to world-class training should not be the privilege of the few but a right for anyone who is committed to learning. Making quality training widely available and affordable empowers organisations, puts individuals in control of their learning future and will ultimately make companies safer, more competitive and more efficient.”

Norwell EDGE will provide Century Group’s staff with training modules covering a wide range of upstream topics covering well planning, design, equipment and operations. These can be accessed on any Wi-Fi connected device, 24 hours a day and are fully auditable to management. Individuals are also able to retain access to completed modules even when the agreement ceases.

Century Group chief executive Ken Etete, added: “We are always looking at the newest technology and learning opportunities to leverage on. E-learning is a cost-effective and time- friendly way we have adopted to train large numbers of personnel effectively.”

Since launching last month, EDGE already has 1,500 individual users in countries ranging from Nigeria, Uganda, Canada and China.

1 May 2018

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